Aug 31, 2019

Seiko SKX007, Forever a Legend

by Zac Vineyard

If you’ve been into watches for a while or are just starting your adventure into the horological universe, you are bound to run into the Seiko SKX007 dive watch. It is often lauded as one of the most ionic and best-value watches you can buy. You’ll see claims that it is the best value watch for your precious dollars and claims that it can actually do the job it was designed to do: dive!

Specifications & Dimensions

  • Water Resistance: 20 ATM, 200 meters, 660 feet
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 46mm
  • Case width: 43mm
  • Case thickness: 13mm
  • Case material: Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Case back: Engraved Screw-down Back
  • Crystal: Hardlex Mineral

The SKX007 has a classic aesthetic. The 5-second minute track around the dial is offset by the gorgeous dot-style hour markers. The day-date complication is the typical Seiko style found on the watch's movement—the 7S26. The lollipop second hand comes to a fine point that contrasts well with the dial. The movement itself is ubiquitous among Seikos budget dive watches and the Seiko 5 line of time-pieces. But unlike its cousins in the Seiko product universe, the Seiko SKX007 holds a special place among watch enthusiasts and aficionados alike. This is, in part, due to Seiko’s history and determination in creating budget friendly dive watches.

Seiko started building dive watches in 1965 when it introduced the Seiko 6217, also known as the 62MAS or 62 automatic self-dater. This was the first watch with 150 meters of water resistance. You can find a similar aesthetic and specifications to the 62MAS in the contemporary Seiko SLA017. You can get a good look at the 6217 on eBay.

I was convinced that my 7 inch wrist was better suited to wear the smaller Seiko SKX013. But all that changed when I tried on a SKX007.

Before I bought a Seiko SKX007, I was convinced that my 7 inch wrist was better suited to wear the smaller Seiko SKX013, the 38mm version of the SKX. But all that changed when I tried on a SKX007. The relatively short lug-to-lug length of 46mm makes this watch a very comfortable size for my 7 inch wrist. Now I often recommend the SKX007 over the SKX013, unless the person I’m talking with has wrists smaller than mine.

I also wear the SKX007 on the stock jubilee bracelet, even though the bracelet for the SKX007 is often criticized for being low quality. The pressed clasp and hollow end links don’t make for the most pleasing watch wearing experience, but I still find the stock jubilee bracelet comfortable to wear. It conforms nicely to the wrist. You’ll likely have a different opinion than me about the bracelet if you have lots of arm hair.

Fits well on the wrist, even for watch enthusiasts with smaller wrists.

Here are all the reasons you should purchase a Seiko SKX007:

  • Fits well on the wrist, even for watch enthusiasts with smaller wrists.
  • The lume on the dial and hands is excellent and will last far into the night.
  • The 7S26 is a proven, quality movement for the budget-minded collector.
  • 200 meters of water resistance.
  • Undeniably classic, cool design.

Here are the reasons why you might avoid purchasing a Seiko SKX007:

  • Hardlex crystal instead of a sapphire crystal.
  • The stock bracelet isn’t the best quality, leading some SKX007 owners to drop some extra funds on a 22mm Strapcode oyster bracelet.
  • The 7S26 movement doesn’t hack or hand wind, meaning that the second hand doesn’t stop when you pull the crown and the watch doesn’t wind when you turn the crown.

Seiko SKX007 Discontinued in 2019?

The most recent news to report about the Seiko SKX is that it appears it may have been discontinued by Seiko. While this is hard to discern from online searches alone, Mark from Long Island Watches appears to believe the era of the famed SKX is over. Jody from Just One More Watch also mentioned the end of the SKX in his video about a Seiko homage. Reports about the future have been popping up online since Seiko announced a re-brand of their Seiko 5 line of products. That announcement shows a reboot of SKX aesthetics into a Seiko 5 with only 100 meters of water resistance. Seiko's announcement happened on August 6, 2019.

So, what's going to happen to the SKX007? Will prices go up? Will it retain a cult-like-following? Are we all confused about the moves Seiko makes about their products? Has the SKX fallen victim to Seiko's odd strategic choices that also led to the discontinuation of the Alpinist, the SARB033, and other well-loved Seiko watches?

The short answer is yes to all of these questions, which is why I'll never sell my SXK007.

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Author

Zac Vineyard

Zac is a watch enthusiast, writer, and web developer. He's interested in telling the story of watches and the people who wear them, with particular interest in how watches have been part of the adventure in the lives of others.